Widows Creek Fossil Plant
Balancing efficient power production with environmental protection
Electricity is produced at Widows Creek by heating water in boilers to produce steam. Under extremely high pressure, the steam flows into a turbine that spins a generator to make electricity.
Widows Creek units 1 through 6 plus unit 8 rhave been retired. Unit 7 remains active for now, and has a net summer capacity of 460 megawatts, enough to supply about 270,000 houses. Unit 7 is scheduled to go offline in October 2015.
Low-cost and cleaner energy
Through 2011, TVA has spent about $5.4 billion on emissions controls at its coal-fired plants to help TVA produce power as cleanly as possible. This includes installation of selective catalytic reduction systems to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by about 90 percent and scrubbers to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions at Widows Creek.
In support of recent environmental agreements, TVA will retire the now idled units 1 through 6 at Widows Creek by July 31, 2015.